Legislators Return to Your Statehouse
The 2020 Indiana General Assembly ended just before the Coronavirus problem significantly impacted our state and nation. Yesterday, they met for Organization Day. While this is largely a ceremonial and procedural day seating new legislators and used to set up the session in January, legislative leaders did note that they expect to fast-track passage of a Covid liability bill. The legislation, which seems to have bi-partisan support, would prevent lawsuits against Indiana businesses, nonprofits, and schools from people who claim that they caught Covid there.
The 2021 session is a “long” session involving the passage of a two-year budget and the redrawing of House, Senate and Congressional lines.
A Changing Dating Scene in Modern America
There is an interesting study on dating habits of Americans that may surprise those who dated the “old fashioned” way.
According to Pew Research, a significant number of single Americans (30%) have reported using an online web site or dating app. The study of 1,310 young Americans from the Institute for Family Studies looked at differences between those who use dating apps and those who do not.
A good title for the study might simply be “User Beware.” IFS found that dating app users were more likely to score lower on self-control issues. For example, nearly half (46%) of dating app users reported ever using illegal drugs, compared with just 28% of non-users. Furthermore, 37% of those who use dating apps reported that they had recently used drugs, compared with 20% who do not use apps.
While many users, more than half, reported that dating with an app or web site system is as successful as dating relationships without an app, there were some notable negatives found. They were divided based upon the user’s education level as follows:
- 61% of those with high school or less education said it was common to receive sexually explicit messages they didn’t ask for vs. 37% of college graduates;
- 36% of the high school or less educated said being bulled or harassed on dating apps is common vs. 15% of college graduates;
- 57% of those with high school or less education said dating apps are not a safe way to meet people vs. 34% of college graduates.
Abortion and Racism
There is a disturbing story out of China concerning how their Communist Party is using abortion for racial eugenics as a part of their latest five-year plan. (Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger would be so proud.)
China has long been criticized for their policy on sex-selection abortions which disproportionately terminates unborn baby girls. The latest move by the Communist Party’s population plan is to reduce certain races of Chinese in favor of others through the use of abortion. The plan involves forced abortions, sterilizations, and implantations of IUDs on Uyghurs and other minorities in Xinjiang to reduce their numbers. At the same time, they seek to the increase in numbers of the Han Chinese, the dominant ethnic group in China.
It Won’t Matter to Kamala
A Gallup Poll released on Monday finds that American’s support for stricter gun control laws has fallen to its lowest point in several years. Americans overall support for more gun control is at 57% according to Gallup, down 10 points since 2018 and down 21 points since 1990.
Seventy-two percent of non-gun owners support more gun control compared to just 26% of gun owners. There is a large political divide on this issue with 85% of Democrats supporting stricter gun laws compared to only 22% of Republicans.
The Biden team, particularly Kamala Harris, is supportive of stricter gun laws, bans, firearms owner registration and taxes on gun owners.
Things that Make You Wonder about Trump’s “loss”
Few media outlets are significantly reporting the President’s legal arguments or questions surrounding the stalled counts in several swing states that moved from Trump to Biden in the wee hours of the morning after Election Day. Most of the media could not care less about election fraud and want the President to concede right now, even though they had no such calls during Al Gore’s 37-day court fight after the 2000 election.
Voting machine oddities are not the only things that may make you wonder. Here are a few more:
• President Trump’s approval rating has risen 3 points since Election Day to 52%. Interestingly, on Election Day Donald Trump had an approval rating similar to Barack Obama (50%) when Obama easily won re-election in 2012.
• There are 19 “bellwether” counties in America that have reliably mirrored the presidential election outcome for the past 40 years. This year, President Trump won 18 of those counties.
• When pollsters asked Americans if they were better off today than they were four years ago 56% said yes just before Election Day. This is a record high number besting even Ronald Reagan in 1984. Only 32% said they were worse off in mid-October. If Donald Trump is not reelected, he will be the first President to have this high of a rating and still lose.
• Although exit polling is not always the most accurate, you have probably heard that the number one issue of concern to voters was the economy. This was an issue in which President Trump easily beat Joe Biden in polling and was considered Trump’s strongest election issue.
• Republicans defied all predictions and rather than losing seats, they gained at least a dozen House seats and flipped two state legislatures from Democrat to Republican Control. Not a single incumbent Republican member of the US House lost their election. It seems strange that the down ballot races would favor Republicans, but the Republican President would lose.
• At least one pollster, Richard Baris of Big Data Polling, and the Wall Street Journal’s Kimberley Strassel have noted another anomaly. “Trump won the largest non-white vote share for a Republican presidential candidate in 60 years. Biden underperformed Hillary Clinton in every major metro area around the country, save for Milwaukee, Detroit, Atlanta and Philadelphia,” Barris said. (How convenient.)
In Their Own Words:
“We don’t let them have ideas. Why would we let them have guns?” – Joseph Stalin